The Abia state police command have apprehended six men alleged to be homosexuals. The suspects were reportedly caught kissing and caressing at the City Global Hotel in Aba.
The state police commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi, while parading the suspected homosexuals before newsmen, said the hotel manager had alerted the police after two of the homosexuals were found kissing and caressing themselves by the hotel bar. A search in a room where one of them checked in, showed that there were several others in the room caressing and kissing themselves.
According to the police report, the suspects were interrogated and it was discovered that they were members of a gang who came into Abia from nearby states to practice the unnatural act in the hotel room.
The suspects, however, denied committing the crime, saying that they were in Aba for the birthday party of one of their friends, Ndubuisi, adding that their families were not aware that they were arrested.
One of them, Chidera, who is an Imo State University undergraduate, said they were all in one room because they were told that the category of room they asked for was not available.
“I arrived the hotel at about 6pm and I asked my friend to book for a room for me. The hotel management said we should pay N5,000 for a room and we could afford it. So, we decided to manage that one room. After drinking at the hotel bar, we went to the room to change our clothes. It was at that time that we heard a knock on the door and when we opened the door, the manager started asking why we were six in the room. After explaining to him, he said they don’t allow more that three persons in a room and that was how he accused us of practising homosexuality in the room. There was nothing like kissing or making love in the room and we are not gays.” she said
Another suspect, Ndubuisi, who claimed to be a hair stylist, also stated that he only invited his friends for his birthday party and lodged them in the hotel, adding that they did not indulge in any homosexual act.
“I invited my friends for my birthday and I wanted to pay for two rooms but we couldn’t because the rooms were filled up, that was why we were in one room,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, however, said the hotel management would bring the evidence against the suspects, who, he said, would be charged to court.
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